The Man with Night Sweats: wholesale 2021 Poems sale

The Man with Night Sweats: wholesale 2021 Poems sale

The Man with Night Sweats: wholesale 2021 Poems sale

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This volume—a contemporary classic by "one of the most singular and compelling poets in English [of] the past half-century" ( Times Literary Supplement)—contains poems written in response to the AIDS crisis. Originally published in 1992, it was Thom Gunn''s first book of verse in ten years.

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In the title poem of Thom Gunn''s The Man with Night Sweats, the speaker wakes from a nightmare of "mind reduced to hurry" and "flesh reduced and wrecked." In this haunting prelude to his laments for friends lost to AIDS, he explores his own body for damage, and concludes,

Hugging my body to me
As if to shield it from
The pains that will go through me,

As if hands were enough
To hold an avalanche off.

As this avalanche of tragedy begins to slide down the hills of Gunn''s adopted San Francisco, the poems themselves change form. They cascade from the elegiac couplets of "The J Car," about the decline of a gym owner, into the harrowing free verse of "In Time of Plague," in which the speaker remembers being too "afraid of the strength / of my own health" to indulge with "Brad and John, these fiercely attractive men / who want me to stick their needle in my arm." Gunn''s understated emotional weariness is especially compelling when read alongside the book''s many songs of innocence. The simple "Seesaw," for example, provides an ars poetica that applies equally to life: "So it ends / as it begins. / Off we climb / And no one wins." Although the specter of plague stands behind much of the book, he maintains the tense prosodic trajectory he''s followed since 1954''s Fighting Terms. His long California residency aside, Gunn writes the best British poetry of his generation, and The Man with Night Sweats is his finest book to date. --Edward Skoog

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"The tension of Gunn''s famous earlier poems, which adventurously drew on classical themes (Achilles and Patroclus), pop icons (Presley and Brando), and existential extremes, has, in his first new collection in ten years, become muted and commemorative . . . Gunn moves with a colloquial ease and a kind of epigrammatic grace through a variety of quatrains, coupleted monologues, Skeltonic variations, and occasional free verse."—John Updike, The New Yorker

"The great and undeniable potency of The Man with Night Sweats comes from the poet''s huge restraint, as much as from his tragic subject matter . . . The Man with Night Sweats shows a poet at the top of his form, gathering his world into art without ever choking off passion. The formidable craft behind these poems—the metrical, syllabic, and rhyming intricacy--is translucent, but there to buoy the emotion like an invisible net."—Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe

"Perhaps his most wary, moving, personal book to date. It is a forceful reminder that Gunn . . . is one of the most singular and compelling poets in English during the past half-century . . . He writes of and from the modern climate, as if wholly at home here; these new poems have a claim to be some of the most authentic occasional poems of our time."—Hugh Haughton, The Times Literary Supplement

"What Gunn is continually attempting to grasp or understand in this book is the condition of those around him, strangers and lovers alike, and we treasure his tone of brotherly forbearance as he makes his way . . . Gunn is a definatly unsuitable poet—a formalist who often writes in free verse, an Englishman living in America, an autobiographical poet whose subjects elude the self . . . The book, divided into four sections, begins with poems boldly erotic and ends at ''death''s door'' . . . Yet amid all this astringent life experience, astonishingly, a profound hope emerges."—Henri Cole, The Nation

About the Author


Thom Gunn, born in 1929, has received many awards, including a Lila Acheson Wallace/Reader''s Digest Fellowship and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Duncan Armstrong
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spiritual and delightful - deserves its modern American classic reputation - a great book by a poet whose work should not be ...
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2014
Powerful, emotional, humours, sensual, spiritual and delightful - deserves its modern American classic reputation - a great book by a poet whose work should not be missed or relegated to being read only by university students - this is poetry for everyone.
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A Poet’s encounters with an Epidemic
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2019
Thom Gunn’s poetry is a deep and moving story of the AIDS epidemic as only a poet might express
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Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
16yo asked for this for Christmas because he''d had to really study one of the poems for a school project and wanted the whole book.
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Gunn with Feeling!
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2000
Thom Gunn''s "Night Sweats" is one of his finest books of poetry. He is a master at writing lines that are so rhythmatic and flowing. These poems deal with AIDS and also drug use. They are not easy to read, and very sad at times. But they deal with problems and... See more
Thom Gunn''s "Night Sweats" is one of his finest books of poetry. He is a master at writing lines that are so rhythmatic and flowing. These poems deal with AIDS and also drug use. They are not easy to read, and very sad at times. But they deal with problems and subjects most of us have had to face in the last 20 years, whether we liked it or not. There is true feeling and honesty here. I especially enjoyed "In the Time of Plague" and "Memory Unsettled."
I recommend this book as part of your permanent collection to be read again and again. Thom Gunn''s poetry is the best.
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Beautiful, sad, and moving poetry
Reviewed in the United States on March 28, 2000
Thom Gunn is a masterful poet, and this is a book full of beauty and pain. Many of the poems deal directly with AIDS, many (such as the title work) with heroin use. And yet they are not preachy, or sentimental. He is in firm control of difficult subject matter.... See more
Thom Gunn is a masterful poet, and this is a book full of beauty and pain. Many of the poems deal directly with AIDS, many (such as the title work) with heroin use. And yet they are not preachy, or sentimental. He is in firm control of difficult subject matter.
Also pleasing is his use of rhythm and meter -- Gunn is one of apparently few modern poets who still writes powerfully within a given meter and rhyme scheme.
Not light or easy reading, these poems are sad and sobering. Tears are advised but not required.
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One of the greatest
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 26, 2016
On of the greatest book of poems of the twentieth century!
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Reviewed in Canada on August 4, 2015
I bought this book for a literature class and had to analyze the book cover to cover and honestly I would have read it even if I didn''t need it for my grade. The poetry is extremly well written and hits me with waves of emotion because I can connect with the poetry in many...See more
I bought this book for a literature class and had to analyze the book cover to cover and honestly I would have read it even if I didn''t need it for my grade. The poetry is extremly well written and hits me with waves of emotion because I can connect with the poetry in many ways. I highly recomend this collection of poems!
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This is a fantastic book. A true classic page turner you cannot go wrong purchasing this book. Imaginative and hunting read.
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The Man with Night Sweats: wholesale 2021 Poems sale

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